Baby in critical condition after beating

Published On: Feb 05 2014 01:32:10 PM EST

A St. Petersburg man is accused of beating and cutting a baby in his care.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the baby was taken to All Children's Hospital on Saturday, suffering from breathing problems.

Deputies say the baby had lacerations on the abdomen, a broken rib and bruises. The incident report did not indicate the baby's gender.

According to an arrest affidavit, a 24-year-old man was looking after the baby on Friday night while the child's mother was working. He told deputies he pushed the child's knees into its stomach to relieve gas and didn't mean to hurt the baby.

The baby was placed on a ventilator and underwent several surgeries. The baby was in critical condition on Tuesday.

The man is charged with aggravated child abuse.


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